Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night latest Kickstarter update highlights lighting, lip-sync issues, and a new summoning weapon called the “Heretical Grinder.” The 2.5D platformer will release sometime later for PC via Steam and GOG, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One, and Switch.
The recently posted update on Kickstarter shines light on Bloodstained’s lighting issues. According to fan feedback, the game isn’t up to par in that department and will be adjusted by the devs:
“We have received many comments regarding the environment lighting and the lip-sync animation. Lighting is being progressively adjusted and we are making sure to proceed carefully since it affects things like processing speed and storage significantly.”
As noted by IGA, the lip-syncing will be adjusted and looked at, too. Mouth movements and words syncing to what characters are saying will be fixed according to the following:
“In regards to the lip-sync, the shape of the mouth and timing is most likely the problem, we will be polishing this. We have also noticed that the sounds were called out, such as the audio balance and repetitive shouts. We will take some time and do our best to improve that.”
As mentioned above, repetitive voice lines will be addressed as well as audio balance, because let’s face it, the same thing being said over and over with bad audio isn’t the best thing to hear constantly.
On the topic of changes, graphics will be improved to show off the highest quality of in-game assets and models:
“Finally, regarding some of the comparisons of current and past graphical quality, while much of that is due to shaders and lighting work not being fully implemented into the demo, we are aware of your feedback and will be keeping a special focus on making sure the graphical quality is as high as possible. We are anxious to report on fixes and improvements we make, so please look forward to it.”
Anyway, you can check out 21 seconds of in-game footage thanks to ShadowAimai showing our hero use a new summoning weapon called the Heretical Grinder: